Analysis and spreadsheet tools

There are a lot of tools available to analyse data. Which tool you use may depend on a range of factors:

  • basic or advanced functions — if you are working with a complex document you may require a tool with a range of formulas
  • availability of training — the availability of in-person training and online help varies between writing tools
  • industry standards — within certain industries there may be an expectation that you use a particular tool.

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 Free tools are completely free to use with all features.

 Freeware tools include basic functionality for free. Additional features may need to be paid for.

 Open source tools are developed in a collaborative manner and can be used, modified or shared openly. This software can be used for free and often includes a lot of support documentation.

 Paid tools can only be used after purchasing, and agreeing to, a product licence.